NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 1 Issue 3 - September 7, 2007
 
News Release
News
Hwung-Hweng Hwung Wins the 2006 Award for Outstanding Contributions
News
NCKU Associate Professor Cheng-Chien Liu Win Ta-You Wu Memorial Award
News
University of Ottawa and NCKU Explore Bilateral Collaboration
News
University of Missouri-Rolla Signs Cooperative Agreements with NCKU
Commentary
Hwung-Hweng Hwung
Strategy and Effect of Industry-Academia Collaboration in NCKU
Article Digest
Cheng-Chien Liu
Fast Calculation of Underwater light Field Using the Radiative Transfer Model
Fan-Tien Cheng / Tung-Ho Lin
Developing Virtual Metrology Technology
Nan-Shan Chang
WW Domain-containing oxidoreductse : A tumor suppressor and beyond
Opportunities
Editorial Group
 
Strategy and Effect of Industry-Academia Collaboration in NCKU

Research is one important mission of a university. It is even more crucial for a research-based university to extend its fundamental study into industrial technology and to apply academic theories to industrial operation and real life. This way, a cooperative win-win situation between academia and industry will be brought about. Meanwhile, the university may acquire necessary resources and funding in the reciprocal relationship; its capability for further investigation will thus be strengthened.

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has long led a pioneering status in Taiwan in industry-academia collaboration. The first and only Research and Service Headquarters in Taiwan was established in 1995 by NCKU. It is responsible for combing intellectual assets of on-campus professors and off-campus researchers. Within the framework of the Headquarters, projects from public and private sectors were run under the instructions of NCKU professors but actually executed by professional researchers. NCKU professors could then monitor the quality of the research outcomes without jeopardizing their own fundamental research and teaching at the same time. Moreover, the working efficiency could be maximized with the devotion and concentration of professional researchers. Most importantly, the cooperation between university teachers and professional investigators represents a perfect combination of fundamental research and applied research. Besides, the updated information and knowledge being gained along the progression will be passed on to younger professionals through experience-sharing and interactions. Solid research teams are then built.
Up to now, NCKU has founded 51 research centers under the Headquarters, with a total annual revenue, managed by the Headquarters and the NCKU Research and Development Foundation, over NT 800 million (US 24 million), which takes up approximately 60% of the revenues produced from industryacademia collaboration that NCKU manages.

Although NCKU has achieved great success in industry collaboration, we are not satisfi ed with the current state; for there is still a large unexplored field hidden among government divisions and private industries. In order to promote the dynamics of industry-academia collaboration, NCKU Research and Service Headquarters and NCKU Research and Development Foundation should hold regular seminars and workshops in coordination with the office of Research and Development to improve mutual understanding among university scholars and business leaders. Once industrial requirements are learned, university intellectuals will mobilize resources they possess to come up with cooperative programs that meet expectations of both ends. As a consequence, a win-win situation will be created. On the other hand, university professors should also well utilize their advantages to compose long-term research programs in accordance with governmental prospects. Following that route, official funding would be only inches away.

In the process of earning financial supports from public and private sectors, principal investigators should bear one key point in mind: the money lies deep in the pockets of government officials and entrepreneurs. For arousing their interests to pull out the wallets, you need to solve whatever difficulties they are facing with every effort you can make. When outstanding reputation is built, cash will rush into NCKU. Therefore, go to the check holders and, besides saying “what I can do," be sure to say “what can be done for your benefit." Last but not least, may NCKU reach another new stage in cooperative education and industry-academia collaboration!



Prof. Hwung-Hweng Hwung, Ph. D.
Senior Executive Vice President of National Cheng Kung University